If he turned heads with his dhoti and angavastram on Friday, a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi walking barefoot on Saturday, picking up trash from the Kovalam beach after his morning walk, set off another social media storm.
In his tweet, Mr. Modi said: Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning. It lasted for over 30 minutes. Also handed over my ‘collection’ to Jeyaraj, who is a part of the hotel staff. Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy! Let us also ensure we remain fit and healthy.”
(‘Plogging’ is a newly coined word to describe the act of runners or walkers picking up trash along the way, or after their run or walk, and disposing it of responsibly.)
Responding to the tweet, K. Vinod, a fisherman with the Ocean Awareness group who cleans fishing hamlets, said: “When the Prime Minister can do it, why can’t ordinary people too.”
Mamallapuram resident Aine Edwards posted photographs of how clean the town and beach looked after the summit. “It just shows that the town has the potential to be clean. The humans, who cleaned it up so beautifully, did a good job. But can they keep it that way?” she asked.
However, there were those who criticised the PM’s exercise. Actor Prakash Raj on Twitter said: “Where is our LEADERs security.. Why have you left him alone to clean with a CAMERAMAN following .... #justasking .”